Family Faith News

Holy Family Parish

Sunday, March 13, 2022

March Family Faith Zoom Meetings This Week!

Our March Family Faith Zoom Meetings begin the week of Sunday, March 13. Our activities will focus on upcoming feast days and the Easter Triduum. Together with your children, please join the zoom session for the class that you are registered. These links will also be sent in an email reminder prior to the session. We look forward to see your family online!


Sunday Morning Session, March 13 at 11:30AM - 12:00PM

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87575424384?pwd=eHhDanY0VmVHSVllWUhnZE5jdlJqUT09

Meeting ID: 875 7542 4384

Passcode: wYp00P


Sunday Afternoon Session, March 13 at 4:00PM - 4:30PM

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86947028938?pwd=QXlSNUwvem8vN0hmT3RCK0RzWTQxQT09

Meeting ID: 869 4702 8938

Passcode: UvE172


Wednesday Session, March 16 at 5:30PM - 6:00PM

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83767711065?pwd=R05kVXBaUkZkMGhwbUZsRU85Q1BNUT09

Meeting ID: 837 6771 1065

Passcode: xPdR72


Thursday Session, March 17 at 5:30PM - 6:00PM

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81936622098?pwd=TmlwVmM4NGl3czZmNlY0TmJhZTdKdz09

Meeting ID: 819 3662 2098

Passcode: dL32zr

Mass Readings for Sunday, March 13: Second Sunday of Lent

In Luke's Gospel this weekend, we listen to the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. This is where Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain.


In this Reading, Luke mentions that “Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him” (Luke 9:32). Many times, Jesus acts as a wake-up call to us when we need it most. The Transfiguration was a special event in which God allowed Peter, John, and James to experience His divine glory in a profound way, and it strengthened their faith. When God's voice is heard, He is reassuring the disciples that even though Jesus must suffer they must listen to Him and obey Him.


When God reveals himself to us in our daily lives, we are called to act as disciples and live out His message. We are called to open up our hearts to those who need it most, to lend a helping hand, and to be good neighbors.

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The Transfiguration! Lent 2C (Catholic Kids Media)

Activities for Family

YOUR CHOICE!! Celebrating St. Patrick & St. Joseph's Day

As Catholics, we remember and honor saints throughout the year. The saints are remembered on their individual feast days with special mention, prayers, and sometimes a scripture readings. These feast days often are days in which the saints were born or had died.


This week, Catholics celebrate two special saints:

  • St. Patrick is celebrated on Thursday, March 17
  • St. Joseph is celebrated on Saturday, March 19

Below is a craft idea and video for children for St. Patrick and St. Joseph. With your family, watch these videos. Then have your children choose which craft they would like to create!

Option #1 - St. Patrick's Holy Trinity Three-Leaf Clover

Saint Patrick lived in the 5th century (around 402 AD-491 AD) and was known for his missionary work of bringing Christianity to Ireland. In his teaching, St. Patrick used the three-leaf clover as an educational symbol to explain the Holy Trinity (the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one God). The clover is considered the unofficial national flower of Ireland for centuries.


Below is an image of the three-leaf clover relating to our Catholic beliefs. The craft examples show different ways to create St. Patrick's clover to teach others. Watch the video below and create a three-leaf clover to teach others about the Holy Trinity!

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Story of Saint Patrick | English | Stories of Saints

Option #2 - St. Joseph's Lilies

In many images and statues of St. Joseph, he is often shown holding a staff topped with lily flowers. The lilies are associated with St. Joseph because of an ancient legend that he was chosen to be Mary's husband from among other men by the blossoming of his staff of lilies. Walking sticks of widowers in Israel were collected and one was to be chosen from among them. The owner of the chosen staff was to marry the young virgin Mary. Joseph's staff burst into blossom, thus identifying him as divinely chosen.


Create St. Joseph's Staff of Lilies at home! Follow these steps! Below is also a video your children may enjoy to learn more about St. Joseph.

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Story of Saint Joseph| English | Stories of Saints
Weekly Family Form Survey

As a family, complete and submit this Family Form by Friday, March 18. This form counts towards attendance and participation in our Family Faith Program.

2022 Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Celebrating 40 Years — Continuing to Fan the Flame of Faith into Service

Along with other related offices under the Secretariat for Family and Pastoral Life, the Office of Discipleship Formation for Children strives to make lifelong faith formation central in all parishes throughout the diocese by providing all children with opportunities to experience God’s love and conversion of heart through a growing knowledge of Jesus and the Gospel. Your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is an investment in our future Church.

Project IMT

“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.”

-President Lyndon B. Johnson

Share Your Work!

Snap a Picture & Share Your Crafts With Us!

We welcome pictures of your children's projects and family engagement in Family Faith! Completion of the craft activities do count towards participation, so please feel free to email us a photo of the crafts that your children create! We will feature their work in our next Family Faith Newsletter!

  • Send photos to catherinek@holyfamilyforall.org. Once I receive your email, I will always send a reply email confirming I received it.
  • Include your child's first and last name (as you would want it to appear in the newsletter) and session your child is registered in Family Faith.
  • If you prefer we DO NOT include the photo in the next Family Faith Newsletter, please note that in your email.

Uplift Video of the Week!

Ukrainian Girl Sings 'Let It Go' in Bomb Shelter

Amongst the fear and unease of families in being hidden In a Ukrainian bomb shelter, this little girl, Amelia, brought moments of peace and cheer by serenading this beautiful rendition of 'Let it Go' from the movie, Frozen.


Marta, the woman who recorded this video, described this moment saying, "Everyone put their business aside and listened to a song by this girl who was just beaming light. Even men couldn’t hold back their tears."

Ukrainian Girl Sings 'Let It Go' in Bomb Shelter

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